If you're looking to find the 10 best Nas songs, look no further than these ten hip-hop classics from an exceptionally talented rapper. Raised in the Queensbridge housing projects of New York City, this American rapper and actor got his biggest break when his first album "Illmatic" dropped, receiving high critical acclaim. Nas continues to prove himself as one of the few talented veteran artists who still remains true to his style and image to this very day.
- "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)" featuring Lauryn Hill Lifting a sample from "Friends" by Whodini, "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)" became Nas's first single to gain him mainstream appeal, becoming a Top 20 R&B hit. The song also won Nas a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance.
- "Made You Look" Featuring more than one sample from "Apache" by the Incredible Bongo Band (a song that is often sampled in rap music), Nas's "Made You Look" was the first single to spring from his album "God's Son" and found large amounts of commercial success upon its release.
- "Hate Me Now" featuring Puff Daddy Who can possibly forget this song by Nas? Its music video is identifiable almost anywhere. There's so much history and controversy to this song that you can write an article about it. For instance, take Puff Daddy's crucifixion to his alleged beating of Nas's manager for it.
- "One Mic" Featuring a sample from the Phil Collins hit "In The Air Tonight," this original rap solo focuses on Nas's desire to live a simple life (i.e. one girl, one home and so forth) while he advocates his fame status in comparison with it. "One Mic" received heavy radio play and MTV video play when it was released.
- "Firm Biz" with AZ, Foxy Brown and Dawn Robinson In the late 1990s, Nas joined forces with Foxy Brown, AZ and Nature to put together the rap group The Firm. Their first single titled "Firm Biz," featuring the boasting vocals of Dawn Robinson of En Vogue, was a welcomed and light-hearted pop/rap party jam.
- "Hip Hop Is Dead" featuring will.i.am No other song in recent music history has been so on-point with its message as Nas's "Hip Hop Is Dead" featuring will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas. The song discusses the excessive commercialization of hip-hop and how far it has strayed from its bare origins.
- "Street Dreams (Remix)" featuring R. Kelly The original "Street Dreams" was Nas's fourth highest charting song to date and sampled "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by the Eurythmics and "Never Gonna Stop" by Linda Clifford. The remix features the smooth vocals of R. Kelly which help add a welcomed layer to the song, and a sample from "Choosey Lover" by the Isley Brothers.
- "Halftime" This was the debut single from Nas in the early 90s, back when he was using his initial moniker, Nasty Nas. "Halftime" is an up-tempo song that samples a trio of songs, including "Schoolboy Crush" by Average White Band. The song was first released on the "Zebrahead" soundtrack but was later included on his debut album "Illmatic."
- "Nastradamus" As the first single from his fourth album of the same name, "Nastradamus" has been noted as being the source for where the beef between Nas and Jay-Z originated, being that Nas jabbed at Memphis Bleek in the song. The song itself features an irresistible sample by J.B.'s "The Monorail Express."
- "I Can" While "I Can" has well-known for being Nas's highest charting song of his to date, the material here is a bit unorthodox for someone like Nas and, in a sense, too soft (softer than "Firm Biz" you can say). Nonetheless, the message is much appreciated but the end result is more irritating than an "Annie" sample in a Jay-Z song.
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